…ientific evidence of race, our goal to see people as free of any racial orientation is problematic. In fact, claims of ‘color blindness’ tend to receive very negative criticism in academic circles. It’s referred to as CBRI (Color Blind Racial Ideology), and manifests in the simplest way when people say, “I don’t see a person’s color.” That earnest belief, though well-intended, can actually exacerbate racism in that it ignores its social construct and practices.²
This made me think of when people in professional environments say “it doesn’t matter if I hire a man or a woman, I just go by competence" and then the office composition just so happens to be 98% white men because “apparently” other categories don’t even bother to apply. Haha wonder why.